Sweet! I just discovered this book review for A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation. The book is, in case you haven’t guessed already, about the still unresolved 1912 disappearance of four-year-old Robert Dunbar from Opelousas, Louisiana. The circumstances of the little boy’s disappearance were ordinary enough, but what happened eight months later was… well… the stuff of which books are made.
I’m actually surprised no one’s written a book about this before. I hadn’t heard of this one until I stumbled across the review. The hundredth anniversary of little Bobby’s disappearance is next August and I guess they wanted to capitalize on that.
From the review it sounds like a good book, “accomplishing an unusual feat: reprising headlines from 100 years ago and creating a new headline for contemporary readers.” It will be released on August 14 and the library has it on pre-order.